The Truth About Those Wild Stories Surrounding The Super Bowl
False Super Bowl Myths & Legends – It’s time for the truth! Snopes.com tackles the tales and sets us straight.
Claim: Sewage systems of major cities have broken due to the tremendous number of toilets being flushed simultaneously at halftime.
Status: False. Rumors of the havoc wreaked by widespread simultaneous toilet flushing after popular broadcast events (such as the final episode of TV's "M*A*S*H" in 1983) have been spread for decades, dating as far back as the 1930s "Amos 'n' Andy" radio program.
Claim: More women are the victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year.
Status: False. Time magazine says in 1993 women's advocacy groups, citing various reports about increased domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday, prompted NBC to air a public-service announcement during its game coverage. But the Washington Post investigated --and debunked the claims.
Claim: Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days on U-S roads.
Status: Trick question! Data are actually mixed: car crashes do spike right after the Super Bowl, but fatalities are low compared with other days of the year.
Claim: Super Bowl Sunday is a good time to visit Disneyland, because the park is virtually deserted.